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Daugrin
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Persuasions Vocal Group
Sunday, January 01 2017 @ 07:45 PM CST



The Persuasions are from the Doo Wop tradition, no instrumentation, just their voices.
I chose the Zappa records because the material is both in the tradition and clearly outside, hopefully demonstrating to you the listener, the skills of the singers are clearly amazing.
Contemporary culture has little use for the vocal group. In the 40s most successful orchestras and jazz bands had a front line of singers and often dancers. Most were associated with special clothing, a look, and attitude.
1950s radio diversified the masses taste for entertainment. Youth singing groups established in both urban and rural areas. It's important to understand, kids were reproducing and interpreting what they heard on commercial music stations on street corners and in small halls, this was a powerful identity tool in the emerging youth culture and clearly supported by BIG corporations. Who, as always, cashed into the trends they created.
The groups sang pop hits along with spirituals and songs from earlier traditions. None were more talented than the Persuasions, and few had longer careers.

Daug
Daugrin
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Re:Persuasions Vocal Group
Sunday, January 01 2017 @ 09:09 PM CST



Some people, have never imagined a purely vocal group...
In the 50s there was one on the street corner. One in the Union Hall.
One at yer church... Most everybody was singing.
The Persuasions singing Dylan right here.

Daug
RichardSchletty
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Re:Persuasions Vocal Group
Monday, January 02 2017 @ 09:51 PM CST

Yes, very good. What a contrapuntal blend! The Bobs must have had their inspiration from The Persuasions.



 
Daugrin
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Re:Persuasions Vocal Group
Tuesday, January 03 2017 @ 12:04 AM CST



Rhythm guitar only, the Vagabonds sang all the horn parts on this record.
There are hundreds of these group recordings from the late 40s and on up until Elvis arrives and changes the commercial template.
Groups made records with musical backing for the most part. These are rhythm and blues, orchestra, and salon jazz bands front lines. Singers fronted popular emerging styles targeted to specific often local audiences.
As late as 1966 Brain Wilson wrote harmony in this style. Wilson emulated the Four Freshman's hip styling. The vocal group, as understood before Elvis, was passé after the release of "Hound Dog". After Elvis, new clothes were required, new attitudes went with the new music... BIG was ready to sell new stuff. Sun records, and the Memphis sound, featured vocal groups... but the STAR had been born again and was out front.

Daug